Awhile back I posted this information...( This Inforamtion right here... )
The following three title came in: "The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories" by Sylvia Groves
"An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools" Gay Ann Rogers
"Old Needlework Boxes and Tools: Their Story and How to Collect Them" Mary Andere
So far, all these sources agree that the lucet was "still around" and in general use in the 18th C - but not one of them has indicated when it *started* being used or if it was around in the 16th C.
The closest I have gotten to a clue thus far is the following from Sylvia Groves book,
"Apart from the garniture of needlework there were numerous other purposes for which cords were needed in both large and small households. In medieval times horn-books, pen-cases, pincushions, pomanders and many objects of everyday use were hung from the waist suspended by cords. Hooks and eyes and metal fasteners, of a type that can be bought easily and cheaply today, did not become generally available until the late Georgian era, so hat both under and outer garments had to be laced up or gathered in with cords, or 'chains' as they were then termed. The closure of bags and purses presented another and more difficult problem; money was carried in a silk purse contained in an outer bag o leather drawn or tied round with strings or laces.
"All these cords had, of course, to be made by hand, usually on a simple but very essential, implement know as a lucet. This is a flat, lyre-shaped tool, from three to six inches in length, with two horns tapering or curving outwards at the ends...."
I just got the Abegg-Stiftung 'Textile Conservation' book in today and thought I would scan the index for the word 'lucet'. No luck, the index is only of pieces and images, not terms.
So I will try to skim the contents while I have it to see if any extant pieces with lucet cords are mentioned....
BTW - I also edited this
entry to include my thoughts on fingerloop braiding.jillwheezul
, you can start the "I told you so" entry now....*grin* edited 7/17/08 @ 8:54 AM -
Since I am returning the above listed ILL titles to the library today anyway, I am going to send in requests for these items to see if they have more details on the lucet/medieval/Early Modern connection:Goodnow, Kendra and Hilliger, Albert C. "Lucette Cord Made Easy" 1978
Proctor, Molly "Needlework Tools and Accessories: A Collectors Guide" London: BT Batsford, Ltd. 1990
Wilkinson, Dorothy S "Needlework Tools: The Lucet" Needle Arts, June 1997, pp. 16-17
I desided to search the OED (since I found I have access to it via the SF Public Library):lucet
in Furnivall Percy Folio
(1868) II. 402 Shee that liues by nille and tape, & with her bagge & lucett beggs. 1858 SIMMONDS Dict. Trade
, a lady's lace loom, made of bone, ivory or wood.